The use of color plays an important role in painting, helping to establish the mood or feeling about the artwork and evoke a particular story or narrative. In fact, any piece of art is useless if proper colors are not used for expressing the idea you’re trying to convey.
Let’s take a look at the basics of color, to see how artists think about this subject to help them mix, match and blend colors within any composition. Just a basic understanding of how colors work together can yield some important insights about how they can evoke particular emotions or moods.
Yellow, blue and red are the primary colors - they are basic colors that can’t be made by mixing other colors. Secondary colors can be made by mixing primary colors, for example: mixing red and blue gives you purple, mixing red and green gives you brown, and mixing yellow and red gives you orange.
Black, white, and gray are not true colors (or hues). They are considered to be neutral, achromatic colors. To make a color lighter in value, add white. The more white you add, the lighter the color will get. For example, if you take the color red and then progressively add more and more white, you will get pink. This is called a tint of the original color.
There is also an important distinction between warm colors and cool colors. Warm colors include reds, orange, and yellow; the cool colors include blue, greens, and violets. The neutral colors are black, white and grays. Cool colors expresses peace and coolness, warm colors are used for sunshine or sun rays, which is warm and bright. Neutral colors are earth tones used for landscapes. These are only a few types of colors that artists use to create paintings that best express the realness of each masterpiece.
Using these basic principles, it’s possible to understand better how the artist Floy Ealy Edjole used these color combinations in her abstract paintings. She used different color combinations, mixing and matching to enhance the painting and tell a particular story.
One great example of the use of color to tell this narrative is her artwork “Fear.” She uses the cool colors – blues, greens and violets – to set the background for the work -- the subdued and sad emotions she felt when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. The pink swirl is cancer spreading throughout her body. Note how the use of the pink suggests the weakening of the body, by transforming red with white, as explained above.
The mixture of colors in a painting can make any boring room look amazing and exciting. Colorful paintings look classy and beautiful and are used for decorating the office or home. Not all people like colors, so it’s according to taste and requirements. Color can add meaning to a person’s life and colorful paintings represent happiness and warmth.
So, remember: colors help give your paintings a certain mood or feeling. This use of color can shape a person’s ideas and views, especially if the colors are combined in unconventional or unexpected ways. It’s time to go color crazy and experiment with different colors in your art!